West Ham United co-owner David Gold has been savaged by fans on Twitter after waiting until deadline day to announce a low key striker arrival.

West Ham’s increasingly desperate attempts to sign a striker before last night’s transfer deadline hit a dead end.

The Hammers were linked with a plethora of forwards going into deadline day.

The long-running interest in Maxi Gomez came to nothing after talk a deal for the summer could be struck and announced (Sky Sports).

And it leaves Manuel Pellegrini facing a difficult period over strikers.

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Striker light

Come the summer all four of his current forwards could be on their way out of the club.

Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez have both been linked with moves away. Andy Carroll’s contract is up in the summer and is not expected to be extended.

Marko Arnautovic has signed an improved deal to keep him at the club but his future too is uncertain.

Michy Batshuayi was linked with a last ditch loan move to West Ham but wages were an issue (The Sun) and he ended up joining Crystal Palace.

Olivier Giroud and Duvan Zapata were mentioned and the Hammers also reportedly failed with an 11th hour bid for France Under 21 international striker Jean-Kevin Augustin (The Sun).

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Fans left feeling flat

It has left West Ham fans feeling a little flat given the Premier League-worst injury list being nursed by Manuel Pellegrini.

So when co-owner David Gold chose deadline day evening to announce the low key signing of unknown forward Mesaque Dju it lit the blue touch paper.

Dju signed for West Ham on a free transfer on Wednesday after being released by Benfica (whufc.com).

In an announcement on the club’s official website West Ham made it clear the 19-year-old was signed as an academy prospect rather than for the first team.

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Hammers co-owner Gold sparks outrage

Gold then waited until deadline day evening to announce it on his own personal Twitter account to his near 200,000 followers.

And it did not go down well.

“I am delighted to confirm the signing of Portugal U20 international forward Mesaque Dju,” Gold said on Twitter.

“The 19-year-old joins the Hammers from Portuguese club Benfica on a 3 and 1/2 year contract and will begin life in Claret and Blue as a member of Liam Manning and Steve Potts’ U23 squad. DG.”


‘Please sell up and go’

Here is a selection of responses to Gold’s tweet from West Ham fans.

‘You should be ashamed’

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